Volunteer at a Mayan school in Guatemala

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Guatemala

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  • Description

    Description

    Castellano:

    Esta escuela es una institución educativa que busca contribuir a la formación de líderes en el futuro, al desarrollo de una guía para la resolución de conflictos de convivencia y la concienciación y conocimiento de los derechos indígenas por parte de la población maya, en un contexto multi e intercultural.

    Nuestra misión es ofrecer una educación conformada desde la realidad de las comunidades hasta la contribución en la construcción de una sociedad democrática que sea, social, intercultural y ambientalmente responsable de su propio desarrollo económico y solidaridad.

    Nuestros estudiantes vienen de áreas rurales y se alojan en la escuela durante 15 días al mes, para regresar durante otros 15 días a sus comunidades con el objetivo de apoyar a sus familias y trabajar, la mayoría de ellos en el sector agrícola. Durante estos días es posible visitar a los alumnos en sus comunidades, para comprender de forma más profunda la realidad y el contexto del que proceden.

    Las horas de trabajo son 4/5 diarias durante los 15 días que dura el plan y siempre dependerá de la voluntad del voluntario/a si se quiere trabajar más por el proyecto si las necesidades lo requieren.

    English:

    This school is an educational institution that seeks to contribute and influence the formation of leaders in the future, constitute guidance in finding solutions to community problems and the exercise of the rights of Mayan people, in the context of a multicultural and intercultural state.

    Our mission is to offer an alternative education based on the worldview of the culture, from the reality of the communities, to the contribution on building a democratic society which is, socially, interculturally and environmentally responsible with its own economic development model and solidarity.

    Our students come from the rural areas and stay with us for fifteen days every month, then they return to their villages for another fifteen days in order to support their families, most of them working in agriculture. During this time it is possible to visit the children and their communities, to better understand the background they are coming from.

    The journey would be 4/5 hours per day during the plan of 15 days and then volunteers are free to decide if they want to do some more tasks if there is a real need for that.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    L@s voluntari@s que lleguen pueden conocer de forma más profunda y real la región de Petén y Guatemala, cómo vive su gente y qué problemas tienen. Pueden visitar las comunidades rurales donde se encuentran los estudiantes y pueden aprender de la cosmovisión maya. En ocasiones en la escuela se celebran ceremonias mayas. También pueden aprender algunas palabras o expresiones en lengua q'eqchi. ¡Solo pregunta!

    También pueden ver las carencias educativas, salud e infraestructuras que padecen los estudiantes en sus comunidades rurales y pueden comprender el sentido de este proyecto y otros muchos más que luchan por el derecho a la educación de los jóvenes en Guatemala.

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    Volunteers who arrive to the school could experience more deeply the region of Petén and Guatemala itself. They could visit the rural communities where the students come from and learn from the Mayan culture and laguage. Occasionally, Mayan ceremonies take place at the school. They can also learn some words or expressions in Q'eqchi language. Besides, it could be an opportunity if they are learning Spanish.

    Volunteers could also be more aware of the educational, health and infrastructure deficiencies that students and families have in their rural communities and could understand better the meaning of this project and many others who fight for the right to education of young people in Guatemala.

  • Help

    Help

    El programa de voluntariado incluye varias posiciones que necesitan ser cubiertas:

    -Enseñanza: Inglés, Artes, Música y Educación Física.
    -Psicólogo/a
    -Trabajador/a social
    -Gestor de comunidades virtuales
    -Gestor de proyectos
    -Área de Salud
    -Biblioteca
    -Administrador de programa de Radio
    - Coordinación del voluntariado

    Los voluntarios tendrán la oportunidad de convivir con la comunidad local y experimentar la vida de la escuela, del Poptún y de las aldeas rurales de Guatemala. Es una oportunidad de conocer otras realidades y aportar e intercambiar experiencias, culturas y habilidades. Tú puedes aprender cómo preparar tortillas de maíz y enseñar sobre la vida fuera de Guatemala.

    La estancia mínima es 1 mes, lo que significan 2 semanas en la escuela y otras 2 que se pueden usar para hacer alguna tarea administrativa, visitar comunidades de estudiantes o tomarse tiempo libre, viajar, etc. También queremos destacar que se recomiendan 3 meses para que el trabajo tenga efecto, ya que al principio se necesita un periodo de adaptación.

    Durante el plan pueden surgir necesidades como atender a algún estudiante, llevarlo al médico o cualquier urgencia y es por eso que el voluntario asume el rol de SER PARTE de la escuela y la COMUNIDAD. Siempre el voluntario/a tiene la libertad para decidir si quiere apoyar con alguna tarea extra o no. Los profesores de la escuela son amables y siempre tratarán de orientar. No te sentirás solo/a. ¡PREGÚNTALES!

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    You always have your freedom, and if you need to run into a town to do something - no problem. Profesors of the school are very friendly and helpful so you never are alone.

    The volunteer program includes several positions that need to be covered:

    Teaching: English, Arts, Music, Physical Education
    Psychologist
    Social worker
    Community manager
    Project manager
    Heatlh care area
    Library
    Volunteering Coordination


    The volunteers will have the opportunity to live with the local people and experience the life at the school and the rural communities in the north of Guatemala. This is an opportunity to exchange the skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds. You can learn how to speak q'eqchi, how to prepare tortillas and teach children about the life outside of Guatemala.

    The minimum stay is 1 month, which means 2 weeks of school and 2 free weeks to do whatever you wish. Visit children and their families, explore Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras or El Salvador - all easily accessible by no more than one day's travel. Then again 2 weeks at school and so on.

    If you REALLY want to participate in the life of the school, but can only stay for one teaching plan - tell us your project, ideas and we will try to arrange something.

    It is preferred that all potential volunteers come to the school to see the place and see if it is a good fit for all. If this is not possible, a Skype interview can be set up as well.

    This is a place where you become a part of the beautiful community. You always have your freedom, and if you need to run into a town to do something - no problem. Profesors of the school are very friendly and helpful so you never are alone. Some day a child can get sick and you need to run into the hospital together, other day someone might be very upset and you spend time talking to a kid.

    The details about the help required are more developed in our website.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, Q'eqchi', very little English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Los voluntarios viven en la escuela, en la que se ofrece una cama en una habitación compartida con el resto de voluntarios. La comida se sirve tres veces al día: desayuno (6:00), almuerzo (12:15) y cena (18:15), sólo durante los días de clase.

    Cuando los estudiantes no se encuentran en la escuela, los voluntarios tienen derecho a permanecer en ella pero el servicio de cocina no está disponible. Sin embargo, los voluntarios pueden cocinar su propia comida (la ciudad posee mercado, supermercados, etc.) ya que existe un frigorífico y cocina de gas.

    You live in the area of the school , where there is a shared room for volunteers. You eat with the children 3 times a day during the periods the students are at the school.

    When they are not at the school, you still have accommodation, but not food. The volunteers can buy their own food at the town market (which is very cheap) and cook it in our kitchen. It is equipped with a fridge, stove and a microvawe.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    La escuela está cerca de las fronteras de México y Belize. Existen numerosos lugares turísticos a solamente unas horas: Tikal, Río Dulce, Livingston, Semuc Champey, Honduras, Belize o México (Tabasco, Chiapas, Yucatán o Quintana Roo).

    Apart from being not far from countries bordering Guatemala, we are a few hours away from touristy destinations like Tikal, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Semuc Champey, Honduras, Belize or Mexico (Tabasco, Chiapas, Yucatán, Quintana Roo).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day 5 days a week (max 25 hours/week)

Teach them visual arts!
Help the students to do a vegetable patch
Enjoy with the students and make friends!
Support the girls and give them sexual education
Teach them to Play chess !
Learn local ways of having a bath! ;)
Teach children new valuable things
You can lead some sport classes
Spend time chatting with girls and boys

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